Tama County Master Gardeners Start Seed Library

3 women surrounding a display board with information about the seed library

Now you can check out seeds at the library.  Through an arrangement between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardeners program and the Toledo Public Library, a seed library housed at the Toledo Public Library has seeds you can check out and plant in your garden. Seeds available through the library include vegetables, herbs and flowers.
You don't have to have a library card to check out seeds, and we won't charge overdue fines if you don't return them.  Seeds will be available whenever the library is open. The assortment will change during the spring and summer to reflect proper planting times for each seed type; so, visit the library frequently to access the everchanging seed assortment.
All you need to do is come to the Toledo Library and fill out a Seed Library registration form.  Then choose the plants you want to grow, get some seed and enter that information on the registration form.  Take your seeds home and get growing! This is an opportunity to try growing something new to you or even to try growing a garden for the first time. Information about soils, gardening, and specific plants will be displayed next to the seeds.  This is yours to take home and keep. Check back later in the season as you harvest your crops for information on harvesting, storing, preservation, and recipes to use your bounty.
If you wish to save seed for your own use next year , or to share with the library, we encourage you to start with the "easy" plants.  These are plants whose seeds are easiest to collect and save, and are not likely to cross-pollinate and cause unexpected results for the next generation of plants. Information on seed saving will be distributed later in the growing season.
We especially encourage families and neighbors to come together to garden and grow fresh food together.  Our hope is that this program will help make Tama County a healthier place to live.

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